TRENTHAM, Thomas II (1575-1605), of Rocester, Staffs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. 1575, 2nd s. of Thomas Trentham I and bro. of Francis. educ. Balliol, Oxf. 1591. unm.

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Trentham inherited half the unentailed estate of his father and continued to live at Rocester with his elder brother, Francis. He presumably owed his return for Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1601 to his mother’s family, who owned property in the town and supplied the office of mayor in 1593. He died between 8 Apr. and 14 May 1605. He bequeathed £100 each to his mother, his sister Elizabeth, a maid of honour to the Queen, who had married the 17th Earl of Oxford, and to Lady Catherine Stanhope. His brother Francis and the Earl of Oxford received horses, and small mementos, mostly weapons, were left to his cousins. John Stanhope received £5, and the wish that he would ‘more measure the assured goodwill of the giver than the meanness of the gift’.

J. C. Wedgwood, Staffs. Parl. Hist. (Wm. Salt Arch. Soc., i), 364-5; Staffs. Peds. (Harl. Soc. lxiii), 224; Vis. Staffs. (Wm. Salt Arch. Soc. v. pt. 2), 289; PCC 36 Rutland, 34 Hayes; T. Pape, Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

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